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2012-03-01 13:00:00

Local Testing and Research Matches the Right Technologies and Traits with Grower Needs DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) March 01, 2012 DuPont significantly increased its new corn product offerings compared to last year with the release of 154 new Pioneer® brand hybrids and integrated refuge products, featuring 36 new genetic families, to better serve growers across North America for the 2012 planting season. “Our dedication to market-based innovations continues to maximize grower...

2012-03-01 09:44:00

MIAMI, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont's innovation and the ongoing, strong global food demand will deliver growth across its food and agriculture businesses, DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel told attendees at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Global Agriculture Conference today. "With a growing population, expanding middle class and rapid urbanization in developing economies, DuPont's Agriculture and Nutrition & Health businesses are equipped to deliver...

2012-02-27 08:58:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has officially dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organizations against Monsanto Company. OSGATA and plaintiffs in the case alleged that they did not want to grow crops containing Monsanto's biotechnology traits but feared a patent-infringement lawsuit in the event the company's traits happened to...

2012-02-24 12:57:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This afternoon, Putnam Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope granted preliminary approval to comprehensive settlements agreed to by Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and The Calwell Practice PLLC that resolve all claims in all pending litigation as well as all class actions filed in West Virginia. The litigation, including the pending class action suits relate specifically to a chemical plant once located in Nitro, West Virginia and activities which took place...

Mild Drought Linked To Collapse Of Maya Civilization
2012-02-24 09:29:31

The Classic Maya Civilization, which flourished from 250 AD to around 950 AD, may have collapsed due to relatively modest reductions in precipitation, according to a new study by Mexican and British researchers. The study, led by Professors Martín Medina-Elizalde of the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research in Mexico and Eelco Rohling of the University of Southampton in the UK, said the relatively mild drought of the Classic Mayan period was much like the conditions that are...

2012-02-23 09:22:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto Company's (NYSE: MON) Robb Fraley, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief technology officer, and Kerry Preete, senior vice president of global strategy, will address investors with separate presentations next month. At 11 a.m. central time (CT) Thursday, March 1, Fraley will address investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Global Agriculture Conference. At 9:50 a.m. central time (CT) Wednesday, March 7, Preete will present...

2012-02-21 08:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. farmers across the Western Great Plains this spring will be the first to plant Monsanto's newest drought-tolerant corn system as part of on-farm trials. The hybrids, made available to growers under the new DroughtGard(TM) Hybrids name, are designed to help farmers mitigate the risk of yield loss when experiencing drought stress. DroughtGard Hybrids are the newest offering from the Genuity® corn family. These hybrids combine germplasm...

Image 1 - Time Of Year Important In Projections Of Climate Change Effects On Ecosystems
2012-02-15 03:40:30

Results of study on prairie grasslands show differences across the months Does it matter whether long periods of hot weather, such as last year's heat wave that gripped the U.S. Midwest, happen in June or July, August or September? Scientists studying the subtle effects of heat waves and droughts say that when such events happen makes a big difference. Based on more than 25 years of data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)...

2012-02-14 08:00:00

DES MOINES, Iowa and BEIJING, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont has signed a multi-year lease agreement with Beijing International Flower Port to build a state-of-the-art Technology Hub for its Pioneer seed business in Beijing, China. The new facility is slated to open later this year and will employ nearly 50 researchers. The Technology Hub will use Pioneer's global capabilities in molecular breeding to develop new high-yielding maize hybrids which will improve the sustainability of...

2012-01-26 12:12:23

A team at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena has designed a new method for calculating drought trends. Initial results suggest that by the year 2050 there could be a 15% increase compared to the droughts seen in 1990 in the Segura river basin. At the beginning of 2011, water levels in Spain's reservoirs reached an average of 77.83% of total capacity. However, the lack of rain last year has now reduced the average to 62.01%. The droughts that Spain experiences year on year are one of...